August 8, 2013

Nishimura and Williams assigned for Asian World Cup Play-Offs

Pre-selected World Cup referees Yuichi Nishimura of Japan and Aussie Benjamin Williams have been designated to take control over September's vital play-off ties between Uzbekistan and Jordan.

Team Nishimura completed by Peter O'Leary (c) zimbio

Played on 6 and 10 September, the two teams will combat for the last spot for an Asian team at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Both referees will head their World Cup team into their respective matches. Undoubtfully, it will be the most important test in Benjamin Williams' career, having FIFA Referees' Committee member and World Cup 2002 and 2006 referee Toru Kamikawa from Japan as assessor.

6 September 2013, 19:00 local time - Amman
Jordan - Uzbekistan
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (Japan)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Fourth Official: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
Referee Assessor: Abdul Al Delawar (Bahrain)
10 September 2013, 19:00 local time - Tashkent
Usbekistan - Jordan
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (Australia)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (Australia)
Fourth Official: Strebre Delovski (Australia)
Referee Assessor: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)


  1. As said, big task for Williams. It depends on first leg match, yes, but this appointment is an important signal for him...

    1. Anonymous10/8/13 09:52

      The appointments of Nishimura and Williams for this vital play off ties are very much expected, considering the limited options available from AFC for the two matches, if we assumed that FIFA would only consider AFC referees on the world cup pre list. Since Al Ghamdi has retired, AlBadwawi is still recovering from injury, also Irmatov is not eligible due to Uzbekistan's presence in the tie, Faghani is still too inexperienced for such important matches, this leaves only Nishimura, Williams and Shukralla, basically FIFA must choose two referees from the possible three.

    2. Agree. And politically seen it is of course very sensible to not appoint an Arabian referee for an Arabian team. Not that I question Shukralla's neutrality, but an Australian referee won't lead to possible controversies I guess.

    3. By the way, if it had not to be a pre-selected official, I would have favoured Abdul Bashir of Singapore who has shown a great qualification campaign.

    4. Anonymous11/8/13 01:59

      Abdul Bashir of Singapore has retired from refereeing after reaching age 45, it was confirmed by his national football association. He has been one of the best in Asia for the last decade. I think he would have been on the pre list for the 2014 world cup if he is age eligible. He is by far more consistent than the likes of Williams and other AFC referees on the pre list.

    5. And Bashir got an interesting appointment: Japan-Uruguay. With Gek Pheng and Tzu Lee.

  2. Anonymous9/8/13 00:49

    I need your opinion
    is this deliberate play or not ?

    1. For me not, but fantastic situation for referee courses :)

    2. Emil Archambault9/8/13 04:50

      Obvious offside, I'd have thought. The defender never has control of the ball.

      "“gaining an advantage by being in that position” means playing a ball
      i. that rebounds or is deflected to him off [...] an opponent having been in an offside position".

    3. For me offside, anyway very, very interesting case according to new instructions.

    4. By the way thanks for the video. It is always nice to see such situations posted here.
      This example also shows the offside rule has not been completely renewed but has just become more precise. Also before July 2013, this was offside.

    5. I think that the assistant here tried (wrongly) to apply the news rules, it seems quite obvious that he detected the player in offside, but probably he thought that the touch of the defender was enough to overrule the offside position.
      I think that assistants can be confused.

    6. And I don't understand that, if you are right. One of the FIFA videos is exemplary for this situation (I think in Italy-Paraguay a similar scenario occurred).

    7. Then we should hope that he totally missed the offside.

    8. Agree, for me also offside, for the assistant a difficult situation, but the defender can't control the bal, so attacker in this way is offside.

  3. CL, very first predictions:

    GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FK Austria Wien (AUT): Sergei Karasev (RUS) and Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI): Björn Kuipers (NED) and Pedro Proenca (POR)

    FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v NK Maribor (SVN): Howard Webb (ENG) and Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)

    FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic FC (SCO): Matej Jug (SVN) and Deniz Aytekin (GER)

    FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v Legia Warszawa (POL): Firat Aydinus (TUR) and Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

    Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP): Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) and Milorad Mazic (SRB)

    FC Schalke 04 (GER) v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)*: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) and Carlos Velasco (ESP)

    FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): William Collum (SCO) and Ivan Bebek (CRO)

    PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA): Felix Brych (GER) and Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)* v Arsenal FC (ENG): Pavel Královec (CZE) and Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    Super Cup final for Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    1. Mine are:
      GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FK Austria Wien (AUT): Pedro Proenca (POR) and Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI): Pavel Kralovec (CZE) and Craig Thomson (SCO)
      FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v NK Maribor (SVN): Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) and Howard Webb (ENG)
      FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic FC (SCO): Firat Aydinus (TUR) and Milorad Mazic (SRB)
      FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v Legia Warszawa (POL): David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP) and Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
      Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP): Martin Atkinson (ENG) and Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
      FC Schalke 04 (GER) v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)*: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) and Björn Kuipers (NED)
      FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): Stephane Lannoy (FRA) and Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA): Jonas Eriksson (SWE) and Cüneyt Caki (TUR)
      Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)* v Arsenal FC (ENG): Ovidiu Hategan (ROM) and Damir Skomina (SVN)
      Super Cup final for Olegario Benquerenca (POR)


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